April 25th, 2016
There is so much talk about the legalization of marijuana and the medical benefits, say nothing of the money to be made with the growing and selling of the herb, that there is one issue that I never hear discussed. One issue that would make me fearful of people who are taking the herb and driving. And that is: how much of the herb when ingested or smoked is acceptable for the person to be in full command of their senses on our highways.
This week’s writer is Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Vermont’s senior U.S. senator and author of the FOIA Improvement Act and of several other laws to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act. He was installed in the FOIA Hall of Fame in 1996 for his leadership in expanding the public’s right to know. The New England First Amendment Coalition presented Leahy its top award in February for his lifetime commitment to freedom of the press and open government. Sunshine Week is March 13-19.
It was Friday night and he had no heat. His furnace was broken beyond repair. He was elderly, living alone and without any means to pay for a new furnace. CVOEO’s Crisis Fuel Program and then the Weatherization Emergency Heating program were called. Jeremy Francis, a CVOEO auditor, met him at his home. The furnace was replaced on Saturday morning. It was an emergency. The furnace needed to have an immediate fix or he could not stay in his home.
LINCOLN — The nearly snowless winter and dry spring has meant low water on the rivers and creeks around Addison County. But for experienced and novice whitewater paddlers alike, the low water levels were an invitation to come out to compete.
This past Saturday morning, a record 48 paddlers took to the ledges on the New Haven River between downtown Bristol and Lincoln for the eighth annual race — known simply as the “New Haven Race” — organized by the Vermont Paddlers Club.
MIDDLEBURY — Students from Aurora School in Middlebury have recently won the $1,000 Infymaker prize and a $10,000 Makerspace grant for their ingenuity. The Infymaker Contest, created by Infosys Foundation, asks applicants to “showcase your innovative thinking and making to solve problems facing individuals, communities and our world.”
BRANDON — Many who have seen the latest offering from Otter Valley’s theater students would say their success at the Vermont State Drama Festival was, well, inevitable.
The one-act of the same name — “Inevitable” — created by the students themselves under the direction of OV Theater Director Jeff Hull and Assistant Director Anita Hughes, won State Champion Show at the festival in St. Johnsbury on April 9 and has been chosen for the New England Drama Festival in Old Saybrook, Conn., on April 23.
VERGENNES — Vermont’s renewable energy policy once again took center stage at the season’s final legislative breakfast, held on Monday at St. Peter’s Parrish Hall in Vergennes.
Participants debated the pros and cons of the latest solar siting legislation (S.230) and suggested other renewable energy strategies to help the state wean itself off of fossil fuels.
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas Systems officials on Tuesday unveiled plans and a timetable to install distribution piping within Middlebury’s core village area, infrastructure that they said should be ready to funnel natural gas to customers by the end of this calendar year.